Galilee Gar­den at Har­bor View is grow­ing

Record Observer - - Community -

CH­ESTER — Th­ese days it’s hard to find a com­mu­nity work­ing to­gether. Not so in the Ch­ester com­mu­nity of Har­bor View. A year ago, Galilee Lutheran Church, 1934 Har­bor Drive, in­vited the Mas­ter Gar­den­ers to build a com­mu­nity gar­den on an empty lot they were not us­ing. Mas­ter Gar­den­ers, mem­bers of the Har­bor View com­mu­nity, the KI United Methodist Church, Galilee Lutheran Church, and other in­ter­ested gar­den­ers from Kent Is­land came to­gether to form an ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee and picked the theme, “A com­mu­nity grow­ing to­gether.” The Galilee Gar­den at Har­bor View was cre­ated and has been grow­ing since then.

Galilee Com­mu­nity Gar­den started as an empty field and to­day has 15 raised beds and four spe­cialty beds, in­clud­ing an herb gar­den for the gar­den­ers and a pol­li­na­tor gar­den to en­cour­age bees and but­ter­flies. The first 10 beds were built by Ricky Strucko for his Boy Scout Ea­gle project. Th­ese beds were taken over by peo­ple want­ing to gar­den and be a part of this com­mu­nity project. There is no cost to get a raised bed gar­den. Gar­den­ers are asked to sign a con­tract to take care of their gar­den for the year and to work to­gether as a team. They are only asked to do­nate $10 to help with the cost of run­ning the gar­den. Af­ter the first 10 beds were filled, the ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee de­cided to add more beds and now has added five more raised beds.

Sev­eral of th­ese beds are still avail­able to be taken over by any­one wish­ing to start a late gar­den or by peo­ple who would like to grow veg­eta­bles for the com­mu­nity food bank. Sev­eral par­tic­i­pants have never gar­dened be­fore and are learn­ing by do­ing. Mas­ter Gar­den­ers from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion Ser­vices lo­cated in Cen­tre­ville are avail­able to help peo­ple get started. Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about join­ing the com­mu­nity gar­den or the fun of gar­den­ing can call Nancy O’Con­nor 443-249-0646.

Lois Miller and El­liz­a­beth Riffe en­joy con­ver­sa­tion as they gar­den.

Four spe­cialty beds are lo­cated on one side of the gar­den.

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